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Dive Review of Aqua Safari/Cozumel Palace in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Lima, TN, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 4805
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Florida Keys, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
80 ft max , stay in front of sweep divemaster, safety stop at 750 psi   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
several buckets for cameras, dry area
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Went with the house dive shop at Cozumel Palace an excellent all-inclusive
stay. Pickup at hotel dock each day at 8:30am. Always on time, always
friendly and helpful. The owner, Bill, was present each morning checking on
our satisfaction. Free lockers available at the shop so you don't have to
drag equipment to the room. The boats are rather slow but clean and roomy.
Of the 4 boats the Ocean 1 seems the oldest and has limited head room in
the cabin. All boats had clean heads and choice of sun or shade. Bottled
water was offered frequently in route to the first dive and soft drinks,
water and fruit between dives. You were free to move about the boat and
watching the incredible shades of blue water from the bow was a treat. You
have to set up your own equipment but the crew was helpful and double
checked for proper setup and to be sure you were ready for the dive. They
checked with guests for dive preferences and, despite the distance, went to
excellent reefs at the far south of the island. While aforementioned limits
were set they were flexible with depth and air restrictions. Very safety
conscious during the dive and vigilant underway. The captain once detoured
to check out what ended up being a red snack bag in the water, the only
trash seen all week. All dives are drift dives and safety stops are scenic
as you watch the terrain move past at a good clip. Nice corals and plenty
of fish since most of the reefs are in a park ($2 US per day per person,
cash). Impressed with the large groupers and the largest angel fish (Grey,
French and Queen) that I have ever seen. The fish are not skittish and
provide excellent photo opportunities. Saw numerous turtles, nurse sharks
and morays as well as barracudas and the endemic splendid toadfish. They
have an exellent deal where you can get a 3rd dive each day for $12 US.
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